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of such contingent threats. Unfortunately, these threats are poorly understood, and the degree to which they are mounting is uncertain since we generally lack reliable "baseline" data. Usually several variables are involved, working in different directions, and the degree of certainty with which we can predict both future trends and effects is small. Neither panic nor complacency is an appropriate response to this situation. These contingencies deserve the most careful investigation and monitoring, particularly in the developed countries today, because here even a very small probability of a very serious result should give rise to remedial action. Continued rapid population growth certainly will aggravate the effect of the unwisely applied technology or faulty economic incentives that have produced their emergence. problem requiring not only technical solutions but legal and social regulation of grazing use, a very difficult task to enforce in nomadic or semi-nomadic communities.*